em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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More than a dozen states have passed measures banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat (more accurately, embryonic pulsing) is detected, and four states have signed these types of bills into law. Tiffany Diane Tso, refinery29.com, "Sugar Daddy Site CEO Offers To Pay For Abortions, Because This Is America," 5 June 2019 In 2000, the National Institutes of Health issued guidelines for the use of embryonic stem cells in research, specifying that scientists receiving federal funds could use only extra embryos that would otherwise be discarded. Kevin Flower, CNN, "FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinic," 4 June 2019 In the popular imagination, when Johnny Appleseed plunges into the wilderness tossing apple seeds, those are not embryonic Jonagolds or Honeycrisps tumbling into the previously fallow fields. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Horror Ahead if We Topple the King of Apples," 4 Oct. 2018 Normally, during embryonic development, the melanin-producing skin cells migrate to the top layer of your skin (the epidermis), Dr. Lipner explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know If Your Weird Mole Turns Out to Be a Blue Nevus," 15 Apr. 2019 At the Salk Institute for Genetic Expression, in La Jolla, California, scientists tweaked epigenetic markers in live mice with progeria, a disease of premature aging, to revert adult cells back into their embryonic state. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, "Can the Genes Responsible for Aging Be Altered by a Face Cream? These Skin-Care Companies Say Yes," 21 July 2018 The cells revert to a partially embryonic state, which causes them to emit the growth factors. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 This sparked a two-year study during which researchers monitored the embryonic activity of a number of pregnant tawny nurse sharks. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Researchers started with human embryonic stem cells, which are capable of giving rise to any type of human cell. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This retinal implant may one day cure blindness caused by macular degeneration," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo
: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

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